Press Release

Organizers say SPCA benefit critical to animal welfare

Animal lovers from MDI and across Eastern Maine have the opportunity to help with the critical care and feeding of hundreds of abandoned, surrendered or neglected animals by supporting the SPCA of Hancock County’s annual benefit. The Fur Ball will be held at the Bar Harbor Club at 5:30 on Saturday, July 14th.

The SPCA depends upon the sixth annual auction and dinner to fund many of the expenses of its greatly expanded shelter, according to Operations Manager Diana de los Santos. “We provide interim care and veterinary attention for so many wonderful animals who are then adopted into loving homes. Spay/neuter services and expanded educational programs are also important functions of the SPCA”, stated de los Santos.

Patrons who attend the Fur Ball, make donations ahead or pre-bid on auction items can immediately impact the plight of needy animals, according to Dr. Dianna Emory, an honorary board member of the SPCA. “Proceeds from this event directly support the important necessities of the shelter and its animals. Every dollar and volunteer hour makes a difference. We are so grateful to our staff, our auction item donors; the business sponsors and patrons who support us through donations; Fur Ball ticket purchasers; our many volunteers; and those who bid on auction items. At this year’s Fur Ball, attendees and pre-bidders can purchase some terrific gifts and vacations with the knowledge that their dollars are helping to rehabilitate and recycle lovely animals that have so much to give their new owners. For example, our old kitty Micky, who required special care when we adopted him, thanked us every day of his life and brought many years of joy to our family. We support the SPCA in his and our other animals’ honor.”

Jennifer McNally, Board President of the SPCA, stated, “so many businesses and artists have contributed terrific auction items that buyers can enjoy with the added satisfaction of knowing that they are helping this important community program. The SPCA is also fortunate this year to have a partnership with Sam Shaw of Shaw Jewelry in Northeast Harbor who is working with the SPCA in regard to his show “Jewelry from the Animal Kingdom” which opens at a reception on July 5 from 5-7 PM and runs through July 18th.”

Patrons, business sponsors and ticket purchasers for the Fur Ball auction can contact Bethany Klyver at 207-667-2199 or to contribute or can send a contribution to the shelter at the SPCA of Hancock County 141 Bar Harbor Rd. Trenton, ME 04605. All event sponsorships received prior to July 12th will be acknowledged at the Fur Ball.